Megan O’Brien, Contributing Writer
Velvet Taco. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re probably reading this with a confused, skeptical look on your face. What is a velvet taco? I advise you not to chew over this diction too much. It’s not meant as imagery. First and foremost, this place does not serve fuzzy tacos.
Rather, the phraseology seems to be a marketing ploy to get your attention and to alert you of the two main items they serve: tacos for the main course and red velvet cake for dessert.
These tacos aren’t your average Mexican street tacos, though they are definitely influenced by them. Velvet Taco makes its tortillas from scratch, uses an abundance of cilantro, roasts the corn for the elote side dish and specializes in fresh ingredients.
They also boast that their ideas and flavors transcend any one country’s borders. From their 19 tacos, you can choose from variously prepared meats, vegetables, eggs and seafood. Tastes to savor include basil crema, herb goat cheese, tikka sauce, onion chutney, tzatziki, fresh dill, ginger-soy vinaigrette and pineapple-habanero sauce. Velvet Taco envelops unique and fresh ingredients in its warm tortillas. One delicious example is taco option #7, which contains chili-rubbed pork, queso fresco, pickled vegetables, cilantro and sriracha aioli in a flour tortilla. $3.50 and it’s yours.
Prices range from $3.00 to $4.75 per item. About two tacos should satisfy you. However, some hungry men may need up to three or four. I’ve even seen a male bodybuilder relishing five tacos. Luckily, no matter how many you order, the tacos are brought to you on a metal stand that gently holds each one upright and together.
The setup of the restaurant is particularly distinctive. The menu is enlarged and posted on the wall for you to look at while you wait in line to order. Each taco has a number on the menu. When you approach the cashier, you order by simply saying the numbers associated with the tacos you want.
Caution: The line moves quickly and often there isn’t a line in the first place. Fortunately, there is another menu posted on the counter by the cashier for last-minute decision-makers like me.
Seating can be difficult to find, as it is limited to long wooden tables and stools inside and smaller tables and chairs outside. Since the restaurant is located right next to a stoplight and busy street, the noise may be distracting to you if you are attempting to savor your gourmet taco outside. Nevertheless, you can comfortably enjoy your food and the beautiful sunset if you venture out around dinnertime.
The restaurant is located on the corner of North Henderson Avenue and Central Expressway, where much of the late-night culture can be found. Thankfully, Velvet Taco is open until 4 a.m. on the weekends.
Check out Velvet Taco’s Facebook page for information about its secret menu, on which there is a new special every week!
Velvet Taco is located at 3012 North Henderson Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75206.